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The iQue was a success. After many long awaited months we successfully managed to manipulate an environmental lighting system using our brainwaves.

The final demonstration of the Interactive Project took place at the Subspectra Senior Show at the Fashion Institute of Technology. On opening day, those who attended were given the opportunity to use the device and enjoy the changing dynamic environment. Although the show proved to be a success, a series of changes needed to be made in order to accommodate the show.

The first major change came with the funding of the Animation Department, which allowed us to increase the lights in our system to five, up from one. Four Hue bulbs were aligned down the center of the show, while a large floodlight illuminated the space behind the display. The added lights required changing the code to allow the headset to communicate to the bridge while also connecting to each of the five lights.

After updating the code, we kept the lights on a purple pulsing idle state. When the user would bring their level of attention higher than 85%, the lights would dynamically light up with new colors and luminosity. Each user would try the device and be rewarded with a newly lit space.

However, the programming wasn’t the only drastic change made to the device. An attached Raspberry Pi with an external battery allowed the headset to be completely mobile. This removed the need for long dangling wires and gave the user a sense of freedom and comfort. The new battery allowed the device to function for over 8 hours before losing it’s charge.

In the end, the goals of the project were satisfied and appreciated. Over a dozen attendants bravely sampled the device, including professors, students, investors, and even the Dean of the school. The satisfaction when the lights would change could clearly be seen across each user’s face, which made the long months of work worthwhile.

It was a pleasure to work on such a visually stimulating project, and the future of the iQue is still unknown. Possibly after some time to rest, we may return to the creation and improve it for personal use.

Thank you to those who have supported us and shown interest in our work.

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William Meshchery
Max Rodriguez


iQ Project

The iQue is a wearable device that allows you to use your mind to control electronic devices, such as a Phillips Hue Bulbs. The device works by measuring values of concentration and meditation and converting those values into data that can be transmitted to remote devices.

People will be capable of  putting on the iQue and control a set of Phillips Hue bulbs. As the user concentrates on the bulbs, raising the value of concentration, they can turn the bulbs on. If the user reaches a state of mediation, the bulbs can be turned off. They device is completely wireless as a raspberry pi was attached to the headset, allowing it to be used without the need of a laptop. The added batter pack gives extra power allowing the device to be used for multiple hours.

iQ Alpha


A remote portable device that controls electronics using a basic library of thought commands using EEG and Bluetooth technology.

EX1: The User sets up Smart LED Bulbs in his room that are compatible with Bluetooth. As he enters the room, the user would only need to think about the lights turning on and they do.

How It Works

The user would put on the device and then first connect it to their computer. By launching the Application they can set up the device using their own neurological brain patterns. Once the device is synched up the user can they begin connecting their [IQ] to other devices. The Simple Library would consist of On/Off commands that allow them to control basic functions of most devices.

Turning on Electronics would be just a thought.


  • Micro Arduino Controller
  • Head EEG sensor
  • Bluetooth 4.0 antenna

Future Direction

As technology increases and sensors become more accurate, the user would be able to expand the basic library into a large list of complex commands and macros. This would allow the users more control over the devices they are connected to. In example, They would be able to control the intensity of the light and dim them on command. They would also be able to turn on applications on their computer. Eventually iQs would be able to connect to one another and be able to send telepathic thoughts, changing the way we communicate between people.

Max Rodriguez & William Meshchery

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